Primary Meanings of softness

the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
Full Definitions of softness

n the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
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compressibility, sponginess, squeezability
the property of being able to occupy less space
downiness, featheriness, fluffiness
a light softness
flabbiness, flaccidity, limpness
a flabby softness
mushiness, pulpiness
a mushy pulpy softness
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body, consistence, consistency, eubstance
the property of holding together and retaining its shape

n the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing

“the climate had the softness of the south of France”
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clemency, mildness
good weather with comfortable temperatures

n a state of declining economic condition

“orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness
“he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy”
Type of:
economic condition
the condition of the economy

n a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

“and in softness almost beyond hearing”
intensity, loudness, volume
the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
barely audible
decrescendo, diminuendo
(music) a gradual decrease in loudness
pianissimo, piano
(music) low loudness
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sound property
an attribute of sound

n a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

“the softness of the morning sky”
Type of:
visual property
an attribute of vision

n the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness
distinctness, sharpness
the quality of being sharp and clear
dimness, faintness
the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
indistinctness of shape or character
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opacity, opaqueness
the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light

n acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

“suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby”
gentleness, mildness
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manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving

n a disposition to be lenient in judging others

softness is not something permitted of good leaders”
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indulgence, lenience, leniency
a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

n the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

“he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him”
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness
loss of power and masculinity
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femininity, muliebrity
the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women

n poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)

fitness, physical fitness
good physical condition; being in shape or in condition
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debility, feebleness, frailness, frailty, infirmity, valetudinarianism
the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
disability, disablement, handicap, impairment
the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
bandy leg, bandyleg, bow leg, bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara
a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
absence of an orgasm in sexual relations
an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage
asthenia, astheny
an abnormal loss of strength
cachexia, cachexy, wasting
any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
disability of walking
a disability that interferes with or prevents walking
inability to stand due to muscular incoordination
a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs
hearing disorder, hearing impairment
impairment of the sense of hearing
impairment of the sense of smell
vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment
impairment of the sense of sight
descensus, prolapse, prolapsus
the slipping or falling out of place of an organ (as the uterus)
hypesthesia, hypoesthesia
impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity
genu valgum, knock-knee, tibia valga
an inward slant of the thigh
pigeon toes
disability in which the toes are turned inward; often associated with knock-knee
bandy legs, bow leg, bow legs
outward curvature of the legs
a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system
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health problem, ill health, unhealthiness
a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain

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